A famous wartime ice cream which used goats’ milk to get around rationing has been recreated in time for the 75th anniversary of the start of World War Two.
Now, prior to its launch in June, Wicksteed Park, Kettering, is searching for people old enough to remember the original ice cream to sample the new creation and verify it tastes just the same.
Wicksteed Park was founded by Charles Wicksteed, who had a vision to inspire and encourage play as part of families’ health and well-being.
The inventor of the modern day slide and swing officially opened the park, which is now run by a charitable trust, in 1921.
The ice cream was very popular with park visitors for decades and got its unique taste after the Wicksteed Park trustees brought in a herd of goats in order to obtain milk during the Second World War.
The ice cream parlour in the park’s pavilion was opened in 1935 and the park’s own ice cream factory was built in the 1950s.
The park is keen to relaunch the ice cream to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the start of the war.
It is also looking for a goats milk supplier who can supply the volumes needed for ice cream production if, as expected, the new product becomes a great success.
Wicksteed Park Managing Director Alasdair McNee said: “The Wicksteed ice cream was enjoyed by generations of people but sadly production stopped when the original equipment needed replacing, which was prohibitively expensive.
“This year has a lot of significance for historians, as it is also the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.
“Indeed, we have a History Day planned at the park for June 6, the D-Day Anniversary.
“I’m sure the ice cream will bring back a lot of happy memories and we have kept as close to the original recipe as modern regulations will allow.
“But we would like to find some people who can remember the original to taste it, just to confirm that it tastes the same.”
The ice cream has been produce with the help of local ice cream producer Rossi’s from Kettering.
Alasdair McNee added: “We just have one flavour at the moment, vanilla, but we plan to do more depending on how popular it is.
“The ice cream has a very smooth texture and taste and goat’s milk is becoming more and more popular, both for its health benefits and because it can be eaten by people who are lactose intolerant.”
Anyone who can remember tasting Wicksteed Park goats milk ice cream and would like to take part in taste testing is asked to contact the park on 01536 512475.
Issued on behalf of Wicksteed Park
For further information, please contact:
Andrew Turner – Andrew Turner Public Relations